The Health Leave Specialist (HLS) is a non-clinical position in the Office of USC Support and Advocacy and is responsible for supporting students and their families in the process of taking a Health Leave of Absence (HLOA) from the University.Â The HLS will help constituents determine the appropriateness of a HLOA, as well as determine the necessary steps in requesting a Health Leave.Â The HLS will administer the leave and support the student through the administrative and logistical issues associated with the leave and return processes.Â The HLS will collaborate with campus partners and academic units to determine an individualized health leave plan and a supportive return plan.Â The HLS will determine the readiness for a student to return from leave and, on a case-by-case basis, collaborate with campus partners on the studentâs readiness, and recommendations for when a student returns to the USC community.
The HLS will assist the USCSA team in supporting students, faculty, and staff in navigating other university processes, respond to crises âindividual and campus-wide, and assist families of those in distress. The HLS is also responsible for caseload analysis of all HLOA cases in order to ensure a timely and thorough response, and identifying and presenting best options and solutions for students who require a HLOA and USCSA support.Â
This position will work closely with the existing Health Leave Coordinator (HLC), collaborating in these responsibilities. Together with the HLC, the HLS will be a part of continuing to develop our system of addressing student needs on a systemic level.Â The position requires a strong, creative and flexible candidate.
Provides guidance, recommendations and coordination for students and their families who may be considering or wish to take a Health Leave of Absence.Â
Coordinates, resolves, guides and intervenes with faculty, staff and University departments to determine the necessary steps assuring a smooth transition for a studentâs HLOA and return.Â
Determines appropriateness of HLOA request on an individual basis.Â Makes individualized assessment of the studentâs situation and makes determination of conditions of studentâs return.
Collaborates frequently with academic units and advisors on recommendations for HLOA and campus partners to determine best plan for a successful return.
Assists students, or studentâs designee, in developing a comprehensive Health Leave Plan.Â Communicates with student, treatment providers, and campus partners in necessary coordination of studentâs successful return from a HLOA.
Monitors student compliance with treatment plans and/or university expectations.Â Maintains contact with and meets with students to ad-dress studentsâ needs and University requirements, as appropriate.Â Fosters student self-advocacy to manage their academic, personal and fiscal responsibilities.
Maintains records and tracking system to track students on HLOA and returning from HLOA.Â Assists with annual HLOA reports.
Coordinates with relevant campus departments in identifying and assisting students who would benefit from an HLOA.Â AdvocatesÂ and plans with faculty, academic advisors and other department representatives including, but not limited to, Disability Services, Housing, Financial Aid, Student Health Center, Residential Education, Academic Review and Retention, Registrar, The Graduate School and Admissions on best options ensuring for student success while on and when returning from HLOA.
Assists the USC Support and Advocacy team with timely and thorough assessment, response referrals and follow-up with students, faculty, and staff impacted by concerning and critical issues and events.Â
Provides case management, resolving, guiding and intervening on complex problems that adversely affect a studentâs academic success or a faculty or staff membersâ work.Â Coordinates with internal and external constituents, evaluates problems, and identifies options and solutions for resolution.Â Provides information and guidance to students, faculty, staff and family members and facilitates their connection to resources.
Partners with campus departments and offices in support and incident response efforts including Student Health Services, Student Counsel-ing Services, Center for Work and Family Life, Residential Education, Judicial Affairs, Department of Public Safety, academic units, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development,Â Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Programs,, Title IX, and Human Resources.
Masterâs degree from an accredited institution in psychology or related fields such as MA, MSW or MFT preferred, a masterâs from and ac-credited institution in higher education Student Affairs such as M. Ed or M.S. will be considered.
Licensed or within 6 months of completing licensure requirements.
Years of Experience
A minimum of one year of post-graduate professional experience in a university setting preferred.
Experience in the area of case management support and prevention with the ability to calmly manage multiple situations and projects at the same time.
Experience working with a diverse student population in higher education.
Demonstrated proficiency with University policies, protocols and data-bases.
Excellent problem-solving skills, written and oral communication skills, and listening skills. Proven interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop good stakeholder relationships and work effectively with stu-dents, faculty, staff, administrators and family members.Â
Must have demonstrated organizational skills and be able to under-take multiple tasks simultaneously. Must be professional and a self-starter.
Must have high standards of professionalism and confidentiality.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Student personnel administration
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